A Christian Anarchist Response to a Jury Summons: Being excused from jury service. This letter successfully excused me from jury duty. Feel free to use, copy or adapt the letter as you wish.
Since sending the letter I've discovered some information which may help to explain why the courts accepted my request to be excused from jury duty. The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 made an important amendment to the Juries Act 1974. The list of "Persons Excusable as of Right" was expanded to include "A practising member of a religious society or order the tenets or beliefs of which are incompatible with jury service."
Her Majesty’s Courts Service Guidance for Summoning Officers When Considering Deferral and Excusal Applications (2009) includes the following recommendation: "Applications for excusal from members of enclosed religious orders, from practising members of religious societies and orders, and from members of generic or secular organisations, whose ideology, or beliefs are incompatible with jury service, should be granted. If evidence for either situation is not provided, it should be requested before the application is further considered."
This letter successfully excused me from jury duty in the UK, but I suspect similar policies exist in other countries. If they don't, they should!
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